Atlanta’s Laughing Skull Comedy Festival Now Taking Submissions for 2020
The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival has been going for over a decade down in Atlanta, GA via The Laughing Skull Lounge and has worked its way to be one of the most respected comedy festivals in the country.
They’re gearing up for their 2020 run and are now taking submissions for stand-up comedy here.
Deadlines and fees are as follows:
Early deadline-submit by October 20th-$30
Regular deadline-submit by October 21st – December 22nd-$40
Final deadline-submit by December 23rd – Feb. 24th-$50
Their picks for the festival will be announced Mar. 9th, 2020. Go get all the info and submit for The 2020 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival here.
Atlanta’s Red Clay Comedy Festival Is Back This Weekend
As you can see above with headliners Janeane Garofalo and Ron Funches along with an album taping of Joe DeRosa and a bunch of upcoming stars from around the country (like Jordan Doll, Nicole Aimée Schreiber, John-Michael Bond), you really ought to make your way to the Red Clay Comedy Festival if you’re anywhere near Atlanta this weekend.
You can (and should) go get your tickets here.
Aparna Nancherla Is Going on a Big “It’s Me Again” Tour Across North America
Well America, here’s your chance to see Aparna Nancherla headlining live.
She’s one of the best around right now and you shouldn’t make the mistake on missing out on one of these dates from August 18th-November 29th, if not more.
Get more details, tickets, and more here.
Poster by Andrew Shearer.
Atlanta: Robbin’ Season Premieres Tonight
Atlanta had one of the most amazing freshman runs of a TV series in recent memory. With all of the accolades and awards, you’d think it had been on the air for three seasons already.
Atlanta’s Season 2 Trailer Is Here
Atlanta has gotten so much acclaim and won awards that it’s easy to forget that they are only now coming into their second season.
Also, you’ll be watching a young Lando Calrissian navigating the hip-hop business, which is a fun layer that the Internet will undoubtedly have loads of memes to point out.
In any case, Atlanta looks like it’ll be delivering even higher stakes in their second season as you can see in this trailer.
Atlanta: Robbin’ Season (season 2) premieres on Thurs., Mar. 1st on FX.
Atlanta Looks Cinematic as Ever in Teaser for 2nd Season
The first season of Atlanta scored plenty of critical acclaim as well as actual award wins.
From the looks of this teaser, Donald Glover and Brian Tyree Henry are going to keep this hot streak going.
Look for the second season premiere of Atlanta on Thurs. Mar. 1st on FX.
2017 Emmys Winners in Comedy
Outstanding Comedy Series–Veep
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series–Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series–Atlanta, Donald Glover as Earn Marks
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series–Saturday Night Live, Host: Jimmy Fallon, Directed by Don Roy King
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series–Master of None-Thanksgiving, Written by Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series–Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Written by Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series–Saturday Night Live, Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series–Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series–Atlanta, Donald Glover
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series–Saturday Night Live, Kate McKinnon
Take note of the following:
-Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the sixth consecutive time
-Veep won Outstanding Comedy Series for the third consecutive time
-Lena Waithe is first African-American woman to win for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
-Donald Glover is first African-American man to win Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
See full list of last night’s Emmy winners here.
Watch THR’s Latest Full Roundtable Comedy Actress/Actor Discussions
The Hollywood Reporter always does a great job with these big roundtable discussions and this go around is no different.
They did probably more than an hour of discussion that was only slightly cut down between Kathryn Hahn, Issa Rae, Pamela Adlon, Emmy Rossum, Minnie Driver, and America Ferrera, for the comedy actresses, and William H. Macy, Kumail Nanjiani, Anthony Anderson, Ted Danson, Kevin Bacon, and Brian Tyree Henry, for the comedy actors.
It’s fascinating conversation that spans the current deconstruction of inherent expectations within female roles all the way to Kevin Bacon’s feeling on Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher Are Keeping Their Honeymoon Themed Comedy Tour Going This Summer
Last year, real life married comedians Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher went on tour as part of their honeymoon. They not only captured their journey in a web series, but offered other couples sincere, but still hilarious, advice on how they might better their relationships.
So, Natasha and Moshe are embarking again across North America on what is now called “The Endless Honeymoon Tour” this summer.
We guess if you can keep the “honeymoon phase” going, the magic doesn’t stop, right?
You can find dates and get tickets at either MosheKasher.com or NatashaLeggero.com.
Stand Up NBC 2017 Will Be Holding Open Auditions Throughout the Country This Summer
Specifically, NBC will be holding open auditions for their annual stand-up comedy talent search (and semifinal auditions on the following evening) as follows:
6/10-Chicago-Laugh Factory Chicago
7/8-San Francisco-Cobb’s Comedy Club
8/12-Philadelphia-Helium Comedy Club
9/23-Atlanta-Laughing Skull Lounge
8 finalists will be flown out to LA to perform for NBC brass and other industry. Also, as a plus, there’s no purchase necessary to enter.
Get more details here.
Atlanta, Better Things, and Veep Win 2017 Peabody Awards
This year’s Peabody Awards will honor three of the more praised comedies on television right now, Atlanta, Better Things, and Veep.
That seems to fit into their prestigious brand of recognizing excellence in storytelling, especially with how relevant all three of those shows are. Specifically, they give a deal of visibility for race relations, feminism, and politics with in their own singular, inventive way.
Also, score another big win here for FX with Better Things and Atlanta.
They announced the winners for their “Entertainment” category this morning and will announce the winners in News, Radio/Podcast, Children’s, Education, and Public Service on April 25.
Tickets for Ron Funches’ Funch-A-Mania North American Tour Now on Sale
At this point, we hope we don’t have to tell you that you should go to whichever stop is closest to you on this North American Funch-A-Mania tour happening this Summer.
Atlanta Is the Big Comedy Winner at Golden Globes
For the most part, the lumping of musicals with comedy gave way to the rightfully beloved La La Land sweeping up several awards at last night’s Golden Globes.
Still, Donald Glover’s dramedy set in the back-drop of Atlanta’s hip hop scene Atlanta took home Best Musical or Comedy TV series as well as a statue for Glover himself. In case you forgot, Atlanta is only on its freshman season.
FX has been really on a streak this year and is standing toe-to-toe with premium cable and streaming networks in critical acclaim. We’ll just have to see what the rest of the awards season brings.
The rest of the comedy winners for The Golden Globes this year are:
Atlanta-Best Musical or Comedy TV Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta-Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish-Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series
Zootopia-Best Animated Feature Film
The full list of winners can be found here.
2017 Laughing Skull in Atlanta Is Accepting Stand-Up Submissions
Here’s another comedy festival that you might want to get in on if doing stand-up is your thing.
The 2017 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival is now accepting submissions until February 14th. 72 comedians will be accepted for one of the South’s most popular comedy festivals.
The regular submission fee is $45, but if you’re reading this, you can use an exclusive Comedy Bureau discount for $30 until Sunday, February 5th. Just use the following promo code “Bureau2017” when submitting.
You’ll find out whether you made it in or not on or before Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and the actual festival will happen on the week of May 1st in Atlanta, GA.
Get more details and submit here.
Comedy Central Orders Another Round of Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle
The tournament will be even bigger this time around as preliminary bouts around the country will be aired in the weeks leading up to a main event.
The four night event of Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle worked out well enough for a March Madness of roasting to happen again in January on Comedy Central.
In Atlanta, LA, NYC, and Denver, there will be preliminary roast battles that will make their way to TV on Sunday nights at 11PM. This will lead to the final bouts of Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle II in a four night event from Jan. 26th-Jan. 29th in LA where the show was originally born out of The Belly Room of The Comedy Store. return to preside over the tournament.
The brackets have already started and are as follows:
ATLANTA – November 5th at Laughing Skull Lounge 8PM
Erik Bergstrom vs. Jacob Williams
Sean White vs. Megan Gailey
Dulce Sloan vs. Joel Byars
Kim Congdon vs. Kath Barbadoro
Jasmin Leigh vs. Candice Thompson
Get tickets here.
NEW YORK – November 7 at Village Underground 8PM
Kerryn Feehan vs. Luis J. Gomez
Aaron Berg vs. Dina Hashem
Zac Amico vs. Evan Williams
Yamaneika Saunders vs. JP McDade
Patrick Schroeder vs. Sean Donnelly
Eli Sairs vs. Scott Chaplain
Pete Lee vs. Mike Recine
Get tickets here.
DENVER – November 9 @ Comedy Works 8PM
Jay Light vs. Karlous Miller
Noah Gardenswartz vs. Clayton English
CJ Sullivan vs. Nate Craig
Bri Pruett vs. Erin Ingle
Justine Marino vs. Sam Tallent
Nicole Aimee Schreiber vs. Andy Haynes
Get tickets here.
LOS ANGELES – November 16 @ Comedy Store Belly Room 9PM
Frank Castillo vs. Greg Roque
Jesus Trejo vs. George Perez
Jamar Neighbors vs. Guy Branum
Keith Carey vs. Anna Valenzuela
Omid Singh vs. Toby Muresianu
Leah Kayajanian vs. Connor McSpadden
Joe Dosch vs. Alex Hooper
Robin Tran vs. Pat Barker
Get tickets here.
Atlanta Had Some Fake Commercials That Really Blurred the Lines Between the Surreal and Real
Donald Glover said that he thought of his series Atlanta on FX as a sort of Twin Peaks with rappers.
Glover made good on the Twin Peaks part of that equation with these surreal, satirical, poignant fake ads that echo old Miss Cleo commercials and will haunt the rest of breakfast cereal commercials you watch from now on.